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Porter Cable 690LR Router

A classic tried-and-true router that has remained virtually unchanged for decades - if it's not broke, don't fix it!
Item #
29205
Rating:
96% of 100

Porter Cable promotes power and efficiency with this 690LR Fixed-Base Router. Featuring a powerful 1-3/4 horsepower motor to generate 27,500 RPM for precise cutting. Stressing comfort and ease of use, this unit has two ergonomic handles allowing you to comfortably control every move. Router includes collets to accept both 1/4" and 1/2" shank bits.


Features:
  • 11 Amp motor producing 1-3/4 Peak HP
  • 27,500 rpm single speed motor
  • Cam lock lever enables simple coarse height adjustments and motor release (fixed base)
  • Micrometer depth adjustor accurate to 1/128"
  • Dust-sealed switch and sealed ball bearing construction enhance tool durability
  • Precision machined aluminum motor housing and base
  • Auto-release collet system allows for easy bit removal after use
  • Collets included to accept 1/4" and 1/2" shank bits
  • Under table stop prevents motor from inadvertently rotating out of base
  • Overmolded grips for greater comfort in extended use
(1) Porter Cable 690LR Router
(1) 1/4" Collet
(1) 1/2" Collet
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Standard Manufacturer's Warranty: 36 months
More Information
Brand Porter-Cable
Manufacturer Part Number 690LR
Weight 9.7000
Tech Spec
  • Power: 120 VAC, 25-60 Hz
  • Amps: 11 A
  • Motor Diameter: 3-1/2"
  • No Load Speed: 27,500 RPM
  • Collets: 1/4" and 1/2"
  • Base: 5-3/4" Round
  • Length: 12"
  • Width: 5-1/2"
  • Height: 8-5/8"
  • Weight: 8 lbs.
Speed Range 27500 RPM
HP 1-3/4 HP
4.8 / 5.0
104 Reviews
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Great router!
Replacing a Harbor Freight clone of this exact model, just get the Porter Cable it is soooooo much better
March 27, 2020
Purchased
4 weeks ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Porter Cable Router... SMOOTH and Quiet
Not often I buy a 100 $ tool but this just seemed like a great deal. Both 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch bits and this thing is powerful but also not so stinkin loud it wakes up the entire house early in the am. It has PLENTY of POWER and really is just so SMOOTH it hardly feels like it's removing material until ya look at what ya did. Very excellent product... Glad I purchased it.
March 21, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Outstanding router
Real nice tool. Easy to handle and handles all the jobs
March 6, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Good router
Bought for a JessEm Rout-R-Lift II, and it's working great in that role!
March 5, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
solid quality router.
solid quality router. def recommend.
March 2, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
A true workhorse.
March 1, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Porter Cable 690LR Router
I've owned one of these for over 30 years that only recently developed a short in the wire where it enters the motor. That was the first time it didn't work in that time span. The timing for getting another couldn't have been better since Rockler offered it on sale for significantly less than what I paid for the original one. Excellent! By the way, I noticed that Porter Cable improved their design by adding a strain relief where the power wire enters the motor housing. Plus, the locking mechanism on the router base and the handles are improved over what was on my original 690 router. It's all good!
February 28, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
PC 690
I’ve got 12 routers, nine of which are original Porter Cable designs.
Three production models mounted in tables, three laminate trimmers, and three 690s.
The 690s are the workhorses. All my jigs, fixtures and attachments are dedicated to them.
At the $99.00 sale price I figured I’d better be safe than sorry and grab an extra one to have as a backup.
Just in case DEWALT gets the bright idea to “IMPROVE” upon this classic design.
Router storage cabinet.
Router storage cabinet.
February 28, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Great love it.
February 23, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Ideal for purpose intended
February 22, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
quality and price of product
Steve U on Mar 27, 2020
Reviews and pricing
Jeffrey S on Mar 26, 2020
quality and price of product
Steve U on Mar 27, 2020
On sale, need a good mid sized router
Edward T on Mar 27, 2020
Reviews and pricing
Jeffrey S on Mar 26, 2020
Great router at a great price
Joseph M on Mar 26, 2020
On sale
David-Luis S on Mar 25, 2020
I have used this router in my shop for 30 years and it is a workhorse. I have all the attachments and now I'm converting my router table to use it as well so I can have two router set ups at the same time. I've drop my current router many times and it is indestructible. Repeat business is the ultimate testament
Don S on Mar 25, 2020
I chose this router based on a recommendation from a friend that is an amazing woodworker that I trust, plus it was on sale for nearly 40% off what other stores were selling it for.
Brian on Mar 24, 2020
To replace existing unit that I've had for 10 years and worn out
John M on Mar 24, 2020
Price
John M on Mar 23, 2020
Sale price
Rafaela V on Mar 23, 2020
Have one already and needed a second one!
Raymond J on Mar 23, 2020
Already have one and wanted another
richard b on Mar 22, 2020
Recommended by neighbor woodworker, and the price is right.
Steven L on Mar 22, 2020
I use them in my CNC machines and at this price I will have a couple for emergency backup.
Jerry M on Mar 22, 2020
Current user and owner of same model for many years, a true workhorse of a tool
Joe W on Mar 22, 2020
Already own one for a CNC machine. Now adding a router table.
jeff h on Mar 22, 2020
I have an older plunge base version of this router that has served me very well. Need an extra one for my router table I made.
Mickey G on Mar 22, 2020
Porter Cable has always been a good Product.
Merland R on Mar 22, 2020
Great price for a great tool
michael f on Mar 21, 2020
A name I knew and have used in the past and it was on sale for a great price.
Bikevan on Mar 19, 2020
Need, reviews, price
Steve S on Mar 19, 2020
On Sale, needed another 1/2" collet router
Sandra M on Mar 18, 2020
My daddy say it da best routah!
Edward C on Mar 17, 2020
on sale
Vince F on Mar 16, 2020
Used this in friends shop. Needed larger unit for table and price is GREAT!
Tim n on Mar 16, 2020
The clamp adjustable base is fantastic.
David W on Mar 16, 2020
Time proven
Andy W on Mar 15, 2020
It had good recommendations on line for this router
Scott K on Mar 15, 2020
Great router for a router table. I already own 1 for 6 years with no problems and use it 5-6 days per week. 2 PC 690's with a rail and stile bit set saves at least an hour a day raising and lowering bits. Basically an indestructible router.
N Y on Mar 14, 2020
We use these in our school regularly. They are reliable and tough.
Bryan G on Mar 13, 2020
great tool have used for years
thomas p on Mar 13, 2020
The Porter Cable 690LR Router has a reputation for solid quality.
Deborah G on Mar 11, 2020
I have 3 older 690s getting long in the tooth, so with discount price how could I not.<br />Getting this for router table and like the new style locking mechanism.
Kirk A on Mar 10, 2020
Replacement for 30 year old Porter Cable router which is finally showing wear.
JE R on Mar 10, 2020
An American classic. This router should be a staple in every workshop. Although I already have one this is a great price and two is better than one saves time on changing setups and bits during a project.
john on Mar 10, 2020
Great Price
Joel B on Mar 10, 2020
Dependable and long lasting.
juan c on Mar 8, 2020
Already had one wanted another for my bench setup
Kenneth A on Mar 7, 2020
replacement of my 20 yr old one
Ross L on Mar 6, 2020
On, good price. Porter Cable reputation for quality product.
Descartes on Mar 5, 2020
Because i have two and still works good
FELIX B on Mar 3, 2020
correct motor diameter 3.5 "
Robert G on Mar 3, 2020
Best router ever
Terry L on Mar 3, 2020
Wanted this and could not pass on the great price!
Frank R on Mar 2, 2020
Price and want to add to router table
Cory Z on Mar 1, 2020
Good reviews.
James B on Feb 29, 2020
Sale price on a solid router.
Michael M on Feb 29, 2020
Good price and I need another reliable router to do trim work
David W on Feb 28, 2020
Excellent product
JOANNE B on Feb 28, 2020
Needed router and Porter Cable good brand
Robert G on Feb 28, 2020
On sale, need a good mid sized router
Edward T on Mar 27, 2020
Great router at a great price
Joseph M on Mar 26, 2020
does this work well with the Leigh dovetail jigs?
R B on Mar 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: That's why I bought it. Works great on the Leigh.
What are the options for dust collection? Thank you.
michael on Dec 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: none
Does this router work with a variable speed control ?
Rex B on Apr 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I use this motor in my router table, I have a variable speed control mounted on the outside of the cabinet which is very convenient. I back off on the speed when using large bits, you know you're going too fast when there is vibration.
Do 1/4" and 1/2" collets come with it? 690LR router
A shopper on Jun 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes they do
Do the PC templates fit the sub base of this router directly or do I need another sub base to use them? I'd like to get a dovetail jig eventually and need to use them
John T on Jul 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I believe that you are talking about porter cable guide bushings. At least I think you are. If that is
indeed the case then the answer is yes. The Porter Cable 690 base has the opening size to fit the
bushings
Does this router have soft start?
Matthew W on Oct 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is single-speed, no soft start. However, there is minimal jerking at startup because it is only 1-3/4 hp.
Are wrenchs included with purchase of Porter Cable router?
Ray B on Nov 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, comes with two stamped wrenches to tighten/swap out the collets
Would this router be suitable for use in UK ?
John K on Nov 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This has been a great router, but it runs on 110vac. I can trembler if you guys are 110 or 220 if you are running on 220 then you need to check if porter cable makes one rated for your voltage if not I would look into a trend router, I believe they are a uk company, I have one of their plunge routers and like that one as well. Good luck, hope this helped.
I'm using the
1" D x 1-3/4" H x 1/2" Shank Rockler Pattern Flush Trim Bit
Item #: 37348 to pattern shape two pieces of 3/4" thick Marine plywood that will be laminated together to build an inflatable boat transom. Which router would be the best choice for this bit and job? I plan to cut the 1.5" thick transom plug about 1/4" proud of the transom template on all sides so the bit will be trimming about 1/4 of stock 1.5" thick. The transom plug is of such size, shape and weight I figured it would be best to clamp it to the work table and hand hold the router. two concerns are that I want a router powerful enough to do the job without bogging down and rippling the edge yet I want a router that's not to big that I can't control it with two hands. I'm looking at the Porter 690LR or the Porter 7918, is the Porter 7918 to large and powerful to hold two handed? on bench clamped stock? Is there a better choice than one of these routers?
Jim K on May 3, 2016
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BEST ANSWER: I have the 3 1/4 router and I love it It has 5 speeds just take small passes and take your time I think you will get better uses with this router down the road
does it come with a case
William B on Mar 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No it does not come with a case
can I buy the 3/8 collet for the 690LR?
Joseph Demski on Mar 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes. 1/4 and 1/2 are included, but 3/8 (not included) will also work.
What router table is compatible with the 690 or?
S A on Mar 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I mounted it on a Rockler monting plate. It seems to be a generic fit but I don't have a full list.
Is a plunge base available for this router?
Thomas S on May 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: looking on Amazons web site it looks the 6931 plunge router base is the correct one
Hi,
Does it come with 230V or can it be switched to 230V ?
Arild A on Sep 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 120 volt
Will this router work with Rockler Perfect Fit Dado Jig ?
Gary F on Mar 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Only used mine with the Rockler dovetsil jig. Never used the dado jig. Sorry I couldn't help you.
Is this router considered a midsized router and can it fit the portable convertible bench top table?
Richard B on Jan 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I believe this router to be a fairly large one, I would not consider it as a midsize. I could not answer with 100% certainty either way on fitting a convertible bench top. I have always found fitting to be difficult if not paired with the same brand. I needed to purchase a specific router plate when fitting mine.
will this router work on the rockler router table #51281 that has the pro-lift?
Paul T on Oct 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: yes
Can this router be use to flatten wood slabs using a router sledge jig?
Enrique D on May 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It will work for that. Its a bit under-powered if you are using a large bit, like 2" or you're making a real heavy cut, but take it slow, and give it a break to cool if you are doing a large slab, but it'll get the job done!!
AM TRYING TO FIND THE SIZE OF THE EDGE GUIDE SCREW PART #803160 I LOST THEM AND NEED TO REPLACE?
RICH B on Jul 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I do not know the answer to the question however I Porter Cable can give you the demention of the screw then any hardware store can get them for you. Hope this helped.
My porter cable router did not have the line scribed on the motor base for measurments. I returned it and that one does not have a line either. Do i have to add my own line ?
Stephen D on May 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Stephan - Not sure what you mean by a line on the router base to measure from, but i can tell you that the brass set up bars they have are great. The bars or magnetic plastic stacking shims work great for me and are quite fast for set ups. They are great for your router table as well.
Will this router work with the Rockler dovetail jig?
Brian H on Dec 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes worked very good
New kid on the block, just started wood working for bed headboards dresse,out door chairs,ext. which router would you recommend for amateur?
Bill A on May 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This is a great choice for a first router. I've got a number of routers in my shop, but the 690 is the one I use most often for general tasks - you really can't go wrong with this one.
Will the moter of the PC router 690LR fit into the D handle of an old PC router 691?
Steve B on Dec 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Unless PC has changed the D handle diameter, yes it will fit.
where is it made?
WYATT S on Mar 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The router itself is made in Mexico. The accessories are made in China. I have purchased over 50 of these routers over the years for my high production wood factory and they are excellent. RPM are very high, the cut is smooth and they last under heavy, daily use. Also, they are not as loud as many other routers.
Will this work in the UK? we run on 230volts
El Tel on Dec 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Lol this is the second time I've gotten this question. My answer is still the same .... If you guys are running 220-250v then see if you can get one rated in uk for that. The ones here are built to run on 110v. Your other option is to look at one from trend I believe they are a uk company I have a plunge router from them and am quite pleased with it ..... Good luck hope this helped
A porter cable 690 is supposed to fit my tab le. What is a 690LR?
Roger D on Dec 27, 2017